I'm working on my writing assignment for Mr. Marks' 'Fifth Element' project, but I am flummoxed.
One the one hand, are we supposed to write about songs with well crafted stories, with a beginning, a middle, and an end; have a point of view, an authorial tone (an attitude toward their subject matter,) and, for lack of a better word, a philosphy?
Or, are we supposed to be writing about songs or the rock era that we think could hold up to being sung a capella by the Ensemble Amarcord during a mixed program of classical and popular works?
I'm kind of leaning toward the first description, because I sure would not want to experience some of the songs on Mr. Marks' list sung in such a way. But then, on the other hand, maybe he thinks Aja, Deacon Blues, If You Could Read My Mind, and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face could survive that sort of abuse?
If we don't have to imagine the songs on our lists being turned into an overwrought choir tune, then I'm ready to roll!
I await further instruction.